Sony Cyber-shot WX220 Detailed Review

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The Cyber-shot WX220 was presented by Sony in February 2014. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Sony
Category Superzoom
Date 02/2014
Sensor Properties
In additional Cyber-shot WX220 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also Cyber-shot WX220’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 18 megapixel. That’s roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Sony does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Format Compact
Sensor area 6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24″ x 0.18″)
Resolution (physical) 21.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 18.20 megapixel
Pixel size 1.87 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Focal length (min) 25mm
Focal length (max) 250mm
Aperture (max) 3.3
Aperture (min) 5.9
Viewfinder Properties
The Cyber-shot WX220 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera’s display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.
The Cyber-shot WX220’s shutter speed varies from 1/1600s to 1s.

The highest shutter speed of the Sony is just 1/1600s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/1600s
Min. shutter speed 1s
Sensitivity Properties
The Cyber-shot WX220’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 12800 ISO, a very useful and practical range.
Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 12800 ISO
Exposure Modes
The Cyber-shot WX220 supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties
The Cyber-shot WX220’s auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

The Sony doesn’t support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 1
Manual focusing
Flash Specs
The Cyber-shot WX220 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 4m (12 ft.). That’s on the low end and will only work for very close subjects.

A hotshoe is missing from the Sony.

Range 3.70m
(12 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
The Cyber-shot WX220 features a monitor with a diagonal of 67.00mm (2.6 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the Cyber-shot WX220’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The Cyber-shot WX220 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 67.00mm (diagonal)
(2.6 in.)
Resolution 0.46 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs
Cyber-shot WX220 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Sony Cyber-shot WX220 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
50 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs
The Cyber-shot WX220 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro
The Sony Cyber-shot WX220 works with a NP-BN LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 210 shots. That’s on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the Cyber-shot WX220.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Cyber-shot WX220’s battery battery parameters:

Type NP-BN LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 210 photos
The Sony Cyber-shot WX220’s dimensions are 92.3 x 52.4 x 21.6mm³. (3.6″ x 2.1″ x 0.9″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is only 121 grams (3.9 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Cyber-shot WX220:

Dimensions Comparison
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Cyber-shot WX220 is not much bigger:

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